Old cinema sale delayed

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A HISTORIC former Sheffield cinema has been pulled from auction this week after pressure to allow a community group more time to find funds to buy the building.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, is understood to have stepped in after the Friends of Abbeydale Picture House complained that the sale had been arranged when they were close to arranging a loan to cover the cost.

Mark Jenkinson Auctioneers had been due to put the Grade II listed landmark under the hammer on Tuesday this week.

But the auctioneers agreed to postpone the sale so the Friends have more time. A new date for the auction has not yet been set.

The picture house used to be owned by the Friends but the group went into administration and it was transferred to receivers.

Yorkshire Bank are now selling the building on behalf of the receivers.

Nobody from the Friends of Abbeydale Picture House, which has reformed with a new committee, was available for comment.

But a former member said: “The current Friends are up against it to raise the money although they now have some breathing space.

“There are other people interested including a developer wanting to use it as a venue for Asian weddings.”

According to Mark Jenkinson Auctioneers, the sale has been ‘suspended’.

The picture house, built in 1920 and which has a snooker club underneath, will need substantial renovations.